Pakistan’s Foreign Minister says Dialogue is the only way forward to bring peace in the region

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs while addressing the closing session of two days seminar titled “Global Strategic Threat and Response”, said the dialogue is the only way forward to bring peace and stability in the region.

The seminar was hosted by the Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies (CASS), fifteen renowned scholars including nine international experts from diverse backgrounds delivered lectures on different topics such as emerging new world order, regional security, technology development, air power, hybrid warfare and cyber warfare etc in the two day seminar. The main objective of the seminar was to create a comprehensive global forum seeking experts’ inputs and providing perspectives on changing balance of power, emerging technologies, aerospace employment and new modes of warfare.

Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force was also present at the occasion.

Qureshi said the world’s opinion is turning in favor of the Kashmirs as Hindu fanaticism has been exposed under the command of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in India. “Pakistan has not sought conflict with India, but we have not appeased either. We have not shied away from lending our full voice and support to the beleaguered people of occupied Kashmir. We have not shied away from exposing the real Indian intent and agenda to the world,” he told the gathering.

The foreign minister said, “Pakistan is a peace-loving nation and wants to forge peaceful relations with all its neighboring countries, including India and Afghanistan.” “Pakistan has not sought conflict with India, but we have not appeased either. We did not step back from lending our full  support to the oppressed people of occupied Kashmir. We did not step away from exposing the real Indian agenda to the world,” he said.

In the first session of the day, Air Vice Marshal Faaiz Amir (Retd) talked about The Role of Aerospace Power in South Asia, while Lieutenant General Aamir Riaz (Retd), former President National Defence University gave a comprehensive presentation on Hybrid Warfare. Jorge Sebastiao, Chief Technology Officer Huawei Middle East & European Union, covered various aspects of Cyber Warfare. In the second session of the day, Lieutenant General Nasser Khan Janjua (Retd), former National Security Advisor talked about Force Posturing for the Future, while General Philippe Steininger (Retd), Military Adviser to the President of CNES (French space agency) spoke on the topic of Force Posturing for Industrially Independent and Dependent Countries. Air Commodore Simon Edwards, Assistant Chief of Staff Capability Delivery, Royal Air Force encompassed the various aspects of Next Generation Training, whereas, Air Marshal Javaid Ahmed (Retd), VC Air University highlighted the Role of PAF in Sustaining Deterrence.



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